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EPA Reviews National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone, and Other Recent CAA Developments

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23/01/2015

EPA Reviews National Ambient Air Quality Standards For Ozone: On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule revising the air quality criteria for ozone (O3) and related photochemical oxidants and National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for O3. 79 Fed. Reg. 75234. EPA proposed to revise the primary standard to a level within the range of ...

ANDRITZ to deliver woodyard equipment to new Enviva biomass pellet plants, USA

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23/01/2015

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Enviva, one of the leading producers of woody biomass pellets, to supply woodyard equipment, engineering, and field services for two biomass pellet plants, each with a capacity of 500,000 tons per year, to be built in North Carolina, USA. ANDRITZ will supply several innovative products for manufacturing high-quality mini-chips ...

Switzerland Announces Continuation of Action Plan for Synthetic Nanomaterials

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26/01/2015

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) announced on December 17, 2014, that the Federal Council decided to continue the action plan for synthetic nanomaterials until 2019. The objectives of the action plan include: Development of regulatory framework conditions for the responsible handling of synthetic nanomaterials; Creation of scientific and methodical conditions aimed at ...

Cleanup underway for nearly 3M-gallon saltwater spill in ND

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22/01/2015

Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the largest spill of its kind in the state since the current energy boom began. The full environmental impact of the spill, which contaminated two creeks, might not be clear for months. Some previous saltwater spills have taken ...

Wind erosion risk mapped in first ever pan-European assessment

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23/01/2015

Over 8% of land in Europe could be at moderate-to-high risk of wind-driven soil erosion, a new study has estimated. In the first assessment of its kind, the researchers produced maps which show wind erosion risk across 36 countries. This information could help guide actions to tackle land degradation. Soil erosion by wind is, to a certain extent, a natural process that has always played a role ...

Tetra Tech Wins $185 Million U.S. Army Environmental Remediation Contract

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23/01/2015

Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) announced today that it has been awarded a $185 million multiple award environmental remediation contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Kansas City District. Through this 5-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Tetra Tech will support the investigation, design, and removal of hazardous, toxic, and radioactive materials at military and ...

Landfill could be one of last to tap methane for power

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23/01/2015

When most Californians think about the source of renewable energy flowing into their homes, they picture wind turbines and solar panels - not garbage. The little-known source of electricity has fed California's power grid for decades, but a groundbreaking Thursday for yet another trash-driven power project at a massive Orange County landfill could be one of the last on the books. With the ...

New Online Tool Expands Analysis of Biofuels’ Water Impact

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26/01/2015

Last week, Argonne National Laboratory released a new version of the Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources (WATER) online tool. As with the previous two versions, WATER 3.0 quantifies the water footprint of various biofuel pathways, providing details of the water consumption required for the production of biofuels. Biofuel production requires water during feedstock cultivation and ...

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